It was a fun (extended) weekend for the Atlanta Hawks, with two victories over playoff-bound teams and a memorable game-winner from Eastern Conference Player of the Week Trae Young. After two days of rest and travel, Lloyd Pierce’s team will return to action on Tuesday evening and the Hawks will square off with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Atlanta’s schedule is anything but favorable down the stretch but, if anything, this match-up could be a respite for the visitors. The short-handed Pelicans have lost eight of their past nine games and, even with the benefit of home-court advantage, New Orleans enters this game as only a small, one-point favorite.
Some of that can be traced to the bizarre deployment of Anthony Davis (listed as probable for this game), with the All-NBA big man playing 22 minutes or less in all 11 games since the All-Star break. Obviously, that is tied to the strange nature of his trade request but, with Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore currently on the shelf with injury, the Pelicans simply aren’t very good when Davis is off the floor.
On the Atlanta side, status quo arrives with regard to injuries, as Omari Spellman, Miles Plumlee and Alex Poythress remain sidelined, but no other ailments are in play. That leaves the Hawks in a favorable position against an opponent that isn’t exactly dialed in and, if the last two games provide precedent, there is every reason to expect a competitive effort from Atlanta in this spot, even if Davis takes the floor for his “normal” usage.
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Game Date/Time: Tuesday, March 26, 8:00 pm ET
Location: State Farm Arena
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass (out of market)
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network
Streaming: Fox Sports Go